R’ Shia Yakobovitch a”h, an elderly Yid who lived in Borough Park, recounted the following story. When he first arrived to Auschwitz with the people of his town, not only were they in the valley of death, they were also shattered and depressed in spirit. They had no will or wish to survive r”l.
One day, as the inmates were making their way to the early morning daily roll call, a Yid approached him and whispered, “the Ruv hut degreicht Eretz Yisroel!” (the Ruv reached Eretz Yisroel).
It is amazing how they got hold of this piece of information. This piece of news brought them tremendous chizuk and Emunah. “If the Ruv reached Eretz Yisroel, then Klal Yisroel will survive and if so, I want to survive this too!” said R’ Shia. From that moment on, he was a changed person and B”H survived the war.
The story of the Ruv z”l’s rebuilding Belz in Israel is an amazing miracle and is a beacon of light of Emunah in times of despair. Tzadikim said that Hashem planted such a Tzadik in this generation to be a Chizzuk for the hard times that befall Klal Yisroel.
The Yeshiva that the Ruv z”l established is the seed that made Yiddishkeit blossom after the war. The Ruv Z”L directed every aspect of the Yeshiva: the Limudim, Shabbosim, lunches, and sleeping conditions. It was the pinnacle of the Ruv z”l’s efforts and the apple of his eye. This Yeshiva grew to be the vast Torah Network of Belz with over 13,000 Talmidim.
By supporting this Torah Network, you become part of his Kedushah and his vision, and you continue his holy work.